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What Makes HK Better?

  • Are HK Ties tested?

    Our patented low-conductivity polymer systems excel in tests for tensile strength, shearing, concrete pull-out, long term alkaline resistance, fire, cyclic fatigue, and many building code certifications.

  • How do I save money by using HK ties?

    HK Ties reduce the R-value of the wall by less than 1% compared to as much as 75% reduction with steel and/or typical solid concrete sections. This results in maximum energy savings. Also, because HK Ties are manufactured using a simple process, they cost less.

  • Does HK use fiberglass to make ties?

    HK Standard Ties are made from an engineered reinforced thermoplastic. HK Vertical Pour / Modular Precast Ties and Composite Action Ties are made from a glass-fiber reinforced thermoplastic. The HK Ties are designed to resist impact and shock loads during precast panel transportation and erection. The resin retains its strength at high temperature and provides maximum long-term chemical resistance.

  • Is plastic as strong as fiberglass?

    Fiberglass is plastic—reinforced with glass fiber. Some types of fiberglass have a higher material tensile strength than HK Tie resins, but a high material tensile strength is only one factor responsible for the tensile capacity of a tie. The minimum cross-sectional area and manufacturing processes together with inherent material properties ultimately determine tie strength. The actual delivered tensile and shear strengths of HK Ties are many times higher than required.

    The plastic used for the HK Standard Ties is a high-impact, high-temperature, chemical resistant engineered thermoplastic. The plastic used for the HK VP (Vertical Pour) and Modular Precast Ties is glass fiber reinforced.

  • Can my project receive LEED™ points for using the HK Building System?

    To meet green building standards for better thermal protection and energy performance from longer-lasting, environmentally benign building materials, more projects employ extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) insulation, which provides significant benefits contributing to green building performance and LEED certifications. HK Green Building Insulation Systems can make a significant contribution towards the construction of a Green home or building. XPS insulation and HK Ties can provide points towards LEED™ Certification.

  • Does HK offer a turnkey solution?

    Foam fabrication is available from HK Composites. When the foam is fabricated, boards are cut to fit panels, layout drawings are provided, and insulation board is predrilled to accommodate tie placement. HK has extensive experience in foam fabrication.

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